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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Free Pick 8/30/13

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Free Pick 8/30/13
2013-08-30 09:10:00 EDT

The Los Angles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres face-off on Friday as they begin their series in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have gone from worst to first in the NL West and now they have their sights set on clinching the division. The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 40-28 at home this season, and they have a 9.5 game lead in the in National League West. As a team, the Dodgers are hitting .265, with Yasiel Puig hitting .346, Hanley Ramirez hitting .343, and Adrian Gonzalez hitting .291. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21, with the starters at 3.08 and the bullpen at 3.49. For game one against the Padres, the Dodgers start Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has lost his last two starts. For the season, Ryu has allowed 150 hits and 55 earned runs, while striking out 133 over 160.2 innings for a 12-5 record and a 3.08 ERA.

The San Diego Padres have had some nice moments this season, but for the most part it has been part of the rebuilding process. The Padres are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 24-41 on the road this season, and they are 18 games back in the NL West. As a team, the Padres are hitting .247, with Yonder Alonso hitting .281, Will Venable hitting .281, and Carlos Quentin hitting .275. The Padres pitching staff has an ERA of 4.12, with the starters at 4.56 and the bullpen at 3.38. For game one at LA, the Padres start Eric Stults, who has lost his last four decisions. For the season, Stults has allowed 175 hits and 70 earned runs, while striking out 106 over 169.1 innings for a 8-11 record and a 3.72 ERA.

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Los Angeles is 48-13 in their last 61 games, 21-8 in their last 29 home games, and 9-2 in Ryu’s last 11 starts. San Diego is 2-5 in their last seven road games, 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win, and 0-6 in Stults’ last six starts against a team with a winning record. San Diego is 6-2 in their last eight games in Los Angeles.

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The Dodgers are an obvious play here but the line makes it a little tougher of a choice with Ryu losing his last two times out.

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Los Angeles Dodgers -185
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